JDU boots Kishor, Varma out of star campaigners list

Bureaucrat-turned-politician Pavan K Varma and election manager-turned-politico Prashant Kishor have been vocal critics of the Narendra Modi government despite their party's long alliance with the BJP

JDU has released its list of star campaigners for the Delhi assembly election where the names of Prashant Kishor and Pavan K Varma, two quasi-politicians always at odds with policies of the union government of Narendra Modi, are conspicuous by their absence. The statement of these thought leaders about the CAA has been in the news of late.

JDU kicks out Kishor and Varma [image]

The JDU star campaigners list has 20 names:

  1. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
  2. KC Tyagi
  3. RCP Singh
  4. Vashisht Narayan Singh
  5. Lallan Singh
  6. Ramnath Thakur
  7. Ashok Chaudhary
  8. Sanjay Kumar Jha
  9. Afaq Ahmed Khan
  10. Dayanand Rai
  11. Shravan Kumar
  12. Jayakumar Singh
  13. Mahabali Singh
  14. Maheshwar Hazari
  15. Dileshwar Kamat
  16. RP Singh
  17. Sunil Kumar Pintu
  18. Kavita Singh
  19. Chandeshwar Prasad Chandravanshi
  20. Raj Singh Mann

BJP and JDU, which are running the government together in Bihar, will now contest the Delhi assembly election as allies too. An alliance was announced between these two parties for the Delhi election. Under the arrangement, BJP has left two seats in Delhi for JDU. These are Sangam Vihar and Burari seats.

Kishor suffers from a conflict of interest as his firm is an election manager of the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP in Delhi. His company manages TMC’s campaign in West Bengal too. Earlier, the firm had taken a contract from YS Jaganmohan Reddy for the Andhra Pradesh election.

The BJP and JDU alliance won big in the Bihar assembly in 2005 and 2010. The BJP-JDU-LJP alliance had registered a landslide victory in Bihar in the 2019 Lok Sabha election as well. However, in recent years, apart from Bihar, these parties were not aligned in the elections held in states like Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh.

On Tuesday, senior Janata Dal (United) leader Pavan Kumar Varma asked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, why the JDU is in the NDA when the Akalis, who have been in Delhi for a long time are not part of the alliance.

In a two-page letter written to Nitish Kumar, which has been posted on Twitter, Varma referred to a private conversation he had with the chief minister where Nitish Kumar was critical of the BJP.

JDU national general secretary and national spokesperson Varma said:

These differences between the JDU leadership on the one side and dissenters like Kishor and Varma on the other came out clearly through the open letter right after JDU announced its alliance with the BJP in Delhi a day earlier. Varma said that for the first time there was an alliance outside Bihar, which has “deeply shocked” him and he wants an “ideological clarity” on the matter.

Varma is one of the few JDU leaders who have spoken against the party’s stand against the CAA. The law grants citizenship to non-Muslims living in neighbouring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Political strategist and party’s national vice president Kishor has been speaking out against this as well.

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